A tiger tsuba with bamboo, unsigned.
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A tsuba of iron for wakizashi or katana, it represents a tiger with bamboos.
Technics :The technique is low relief carving (usuniku bori) with relief inlays (takanikubori zogan ) like the copper tiger , bamboo leaves and plants are in silver and copper.
Representation : The tiger is not indigenous to Japan, it was imported by China through Buddhism .It would have powers on the wind, because of these roars, it would be the incarnation of the thunder. It is the lord of all animals that have four legs and he wears on his forehead "王" which means king.
It was quickly adopted by the warrior castes because of his symbolism of strength, courage and nobility. Possession of an amulet or tiger symbol is said to bring strength, to ward off bad luck and to discourage demons.
In this tsuba, the tiger is represented with bamboo .Bamboo is said not to withstand the wind and represented an impenetrable wild world of sin so to be able to enter a bamboo forest, one must be animated by the "strength of the tiger", this strength and courage that any warrior must possess.
This tsuba will be sold with a magnolia box.
|era||edo period 1603-1867|